The new Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Lindgarde Per has promised a stronger engagement of Sweden in Uganda focused on development.
Per made these remarks while paying a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on Monday 5th June, 2017, at Parliament.
Per said that the present strategy of Sweden aims at promoting democracy, human rights, sexual and reproductive human rights, preventing gender based human rights and supporting research in Uganda.
“We are looking at what we can do to expand our engagement in the sectors of ICT, public transport, and health. We were also looking at creating a bus rapid transport system crafted by Volvo and Scania which are Swedish companies,” Per said.
The Ambassador added that he met the KCCA Executive Director and the Minister for Kampala and discussed proper ways of waste management within the city.
“In Sweden we recycle over 95% waste to create bio-energy, which I think can be done in Kampala,” Per noted.
However, Per noted that the new budget for the financial year 2017/2018 heavily focuses on infrastructure and focuses less on the other social sectors.
He wondered what Parliament was doing to avert that.
In response, the Speaker said that Parliament is working on refocusing the provisions on the social services.
“I am also not satisfied and we had asked the government to improve on those issues in the budget framework paper; building roads is good but they need to be used by healthy people,” she added.
The Speaker further expressed her gratitude to the Swedish government for all its support extended to Uganda and most especially in gender based initiatives.
She also welcomed the new Ambassador to Uganda, and asked him to encourage more Swedish tourists to come to Uganda.
Lindgarde has been the Ambassador of Uganda since October 2016, having previously served in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Kenya.